Monday, August 18, 2014

Sharks 'n' Stuff

FOUNTAIN FUN:  This morning we had to go to Group 'Health' (ugh). I needed an eye exam and CJ needed an immunization. Christian and Annabelle got off unscathed. ;)

CJ was NOT looking forward to a tetanus booster, and Christian tells me that while sitting in the injection room, CJ was animatedly giving himself a pep talk. After receiving the injection, he reportedly said, "Well that was anti-climactic." LOL. 

I came out of my eye appointment mostly unscathed, but damn, those dilation drops ... My appointment was at 10:20 and at 2 p.m. I was still seeing double and couldn't take the light. Guess I'm a tad sensitive. ...

After Group Health, we stopped at Seattle Center to enjoy some fountain fun. We always enjoy the fountain, but I read online yesterday that the fountain's sprays would be choreographed to Beatles music, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles playing at what's now Key Arena in Seattle. In fact, Seattle Center is hosting a 'Beatles Week' to commemorate the Fab Four's visit. 

The International Fountain is our number one spot for fun in summertime. The soundtrack of Beatles' songs today made it just that much more awesome. :)  This shot is CJ amidst the water storm. 
And here is some of "Yellow Submarine." Please keep in mind, while shooting it, I couldn't see a darn thing. :(

Christian (and his much better camera phone and without being blinded) got some footage of the kids frolicking to other Beatles' hits.

GREAT WHITE:  Sunday morning also found us at Seattle Center bright and early. A couple days prior, I had received an email from Pacific Science Center offering us free tickets to a sneak preview screening of "Great White Shark"

We received notice the screening was sold out, and because the movie is 3D and knowing the theater, we knew we wanted to get there early to get seats where we could watch it comfortably. 

Here was our view while waiting in line ...
Here's CJ's review of the film ... 
   Yesterday, I went to the Pacific Science Center to see a 45-minute documentary known as "Great White Shark" in the Paccar theater. One of the first parts of the film talked about how sharks evolved long before mankind or even the dinosaurs evolved. The narrator of the film mentioned that although sharks are becoming increasingly rare as poaching increases around the world, there is one species of shark that is dominant when it comes to the danger of being around them:
Carcharodon carcharias. In other words, the great white shark.
   The thing is, Great white sharks are *very* dangerous to be around, especially if you aren't prepared. However, it is actually more likely that you will die after falling out of bed than you will die after a Great white attack. Much of the film was composed of interviews from people who have been involved with searching for great white sharks.
   One important part of the film was how many of the interviewees actually gave some instructions on how to deal with a great white shark sighting. One of the steps was to stay still and keep eye contact with the great white, signaling to the shark that you are more than just prey to feed on. If you follow those instructions, you might just save yourself from an attack that might send you to the emergency room if you get lucky
   The narrator told us that if you're looking for great whites, then go no further than Los Angeles. On a beach in Los Angeles, if you swim far enough from the beach, you can very easily find great whites.
   In the end, I thought the movie was great and I will be thrilled when a DVD release comes out.
And Annabelle weighs in ... 

On August 17, I went to a special preview screening of a movie simply called "Great White Shark". It was a documentary on sharks, how we should protect them, and why you're more likely to die falling out of bed than by a great white. It was very interesting learning about the habits of sharks, and why we actually don't know much about them. The opening credits were funny, as instead of shark footage it had toy sharks on a blue construction paper background.

There were lots of specialists on sharks who have done studying from all the way in the lab to free-diving with sharks! They describe swimming with sharks as you observing the sharks, and the sharks, vice versa. Apparently teen sharks act just like teen humans: they like causing trouble. They have tagged sharks and see they can move incredible distances. The Santa Monica shore has many juvenile sharks near the shore!

Overall the movie was interesting, and the footage was great. But the movie seemed a bit long, with random streches of "Here's a shark! And another one! And another!". It was pretty good, i give it an 8/10
Here's a link to a trailer for the documentary:

1 comment:

  1. Guess I'll be more wary while in bed.